The Phillies did their job this weekend: They lost two games to clinch the first overall draft pick next season, and they won yesterday’s finale to avoid losing 100 games for the first time since 1961. The Phillies finished 2015 with a 63-99 record. Yesterday’s game was kind of fun: The Phillies won, Ichiro pitched, several young players looked good and gave fans some hope for the future. And, yes, the 99-loss Phillies distracted fans from the Eagles yesterday.
But the Phillies did set a dubious record with the end of the season yesterday. The Phillies drew 1,831,080 fans this year, an average of 23,475 fans a game. (That’s “tickets sold,” as actual crowds were much lower.) That was 592,772 fewer fans than last year. The Phillies drew 588,551 fewer fans in 2014 than they did in 2013, and 553,315 fewer in 2013 than they did in 2012. All in all, Phillies attendance dropped 21,966 fans per game from 2011 to 2015.
Per Number Tamer’s David Kronheim, the Phillies are the first major league team to lose 500,000 fans in three consecutive seasons. They have the largest attendance drop over three seasons (2015 vs. 2012) and over four years (2015 vs. 2011) in baseball history. Read more »